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 Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas

NCL's Great Stirrup Cay Beach
(Note: The Norwegian Sky at Anchor)

Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas Information
Contributed by
Nancy Norris

Language and Currency
What is Great Stirrup Cay Like?
What is the Weather Like?
Where Does the Ship Dock?
Where is the Shopping?
What is There To Do?
What Are My Choices for Dining and Drinking?

Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas Port Reviews

Language and Currency

As this private island is in the Bahamas, English is the preferred language and if not using your shipboard credit account, US Currency is accepted (needed if you plan to shop at the Straw Market).

What is Great Stirrup Cay like?

Great Stirrup Cay was the cruise industry’s first private island playground. It is part of Bahama’s Berry Island chain and lies about 50 miles from Nassau. This private retreat is an unspoiled paradise of powdery white sand and crystal clear waters. Lush wooded areas add to the beauty of this setting. As the island is surrounded by a reef, coral and fish are abundant in the waters of the peaceful cove. Hammocks, swaying palm trees, lounge chairs lining the beach and a private mansion complete the landscape. The island even boasts its own lighthouse.

What is the weather like?

Typical Bahamian tropical weather is what to expect. Average temperatures easily range in the 80’s, but an occasional cold front will cause a drop in temperatures. The average water temperature is 72°.

Where does the ship dock?

Your ship will anchor off-shore and you will be tendered to the island.

Where is the shopping?

NCL's Great Stirrup Cay Straw Market

There is a Straw Market on the island that offers a wide range of Bahamian crafts and souvenirs. Some of the bargains are better than those you will find in Nassau.

What is there to do?

The beach offers swimming, snorkeling, paddle boats, catamarans and rafts. You can circle the island in a kayak or sailboat. The ship’s calypso band provides the opportunity to practice your limbo techniques. Take a hike along one of the nature trails in search of the lighthouse. Play a game of volleyball, then search out one of the palm-shaded hammocks to relax. For those so inclined, the ship’s spa also sets up an area for beachside massages ($1 a minute).

What are my choices for dining and drinking?

Lunch Time on Great Stirrup CAy, Bahamas

NCL provides a very nice barbeque luncheon and an enclosed bar offers tropical drinks, soda and beer.

 Port Reviews

  • Chris Nielson,

    As it turned out, the rush to get on the island was not a great as expected so the tender we boarded was not full at all and the ticket was not more

    1079 users found this review helpful.
  • Jen, November,

    Jen Great Stirrup Cay is a pretty little island. I thought there was going to be a bigger beach area though. There's not much sand between the more

    339 users found this review helpful.
  • Brent Jones,

    We were on the first tender, Gene took one of the first chairs and umbrellas, Robert, Larry and I walked a ways down the beach and there weren’t more

    395 users found this review helpful.
  • Greg Giese,

    We arrived at Great Stirrup Cay, but tendering ashore took some time. Offloading 2,000+ passengers took some time. They have a reservation system in more

    238 users found this review helpful.
  • Shelley Holtmann,

    Of the three private islands we’ve been to, CocoCay, Princess Cay, and Great Stirrup Cay, we found Great Stirrup Cay to be the prettiest. Its lush more

    365 users found this review helpful.
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